LIFE WITHOUT ART IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ME. MY LIFE IS ABOUT MAKING. I take a sketchbook everywhere, sketching plants, objects, people, ideas; finding elements that I use in my more structured, finished work. Drawing is a way of seeing, and feeling, the world around me.
I am a traditionally-trained fine artist and received an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2007. I incorporate numerous techniques I learned at Pratt in my current work. I create in many forms - painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, and sculptural jewelry.
The main idea in my work is "Beauty will save the world!" I think Dostoevsky said that. For me, finding beauty in the mundane is a way of redeeming necessity, a way of engaging in a conversation with the world, and a way to be an active participant in my own becoming.
The flowers I draw represent life to me. They are fragile and strong at the same time, so beautiful at their bloom, and yet it is a moment when they are starting to die. Still, they awake next year, are reborn. This cycle reminds us of our mortality, and yet sustains us: Many times during our lives we have to reinvent ourselves, and the time before that moment may be dark and difficult, but without it, new beginnings and possibilities will not open up, and we will not grow as human beings.